Politik

Cascadia innovation corridor = Seattle + Vancouver brädar Silicon Valley?

Cascadia innovation corridor är namnet på vad man hoppas kommer att bli ett mega-IT-område som omfattar Seattle och Vancouver och som mycket lätt kan komma att gå om Silicon Valley. Eller, som kanske också kan komma att omfatta Silicon Valley.

Nick Wingfield skriver i New York Times: Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope

Whether their grand vision of a “Cascadia innovation corridor” — which borrows its name from the region’s Cascade mountain range — ever materializes, leaders on both sides of the border have motives for getting cozier immediately. American tech icons like Microsoft, with voracious needs for global engineering talent, are expanding their Vancouver offices, partly because of Canada’s smoother immigration process.

For its part, Vancouver wants to bring more American technology companies to the city in hopes of spinning out future entrepreneurs who will expand its comparatively small base of technology companies.

One serious obstacle to Vancouver’s tech ambitions is its head-spinning housing costs. The median price for a detached home in the metropolitan area in August was 1.4 million Canadian dollars (about $1.06 million), a 27.8 percent increase from a year earlier, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. In the San Francisco metropolitan area, the median single family home price was about $848,000, according to Zillow.

Ett mycket intressant projekt som påminner om Örestad, och som skulle omfatta ett antal av USA:s största IT-företag.